As any long-term traveler knows, it can get lonely out here away from “home.” Holidays often are just another day of the week, or spent with people you barely know. You might go by a Christmas or birthday with no presents.
This year, I had my Thai “family” to celebrate my birthday.
I had been forewarned to be ready for a motorcycle ride to Nan’s at 6 pm. There were already about 7-8 people there when we arrived – but an important family was missing, the one with little Tung Mu and her sister.
We sat around for awhile before food was placed in front of me. I sensed a delay was going on and I didn’t want to eat by myself. The rest were waiting for something.
Finally, Tung Mu, her sister and mother arrived. I told them I would have been disappointed if they weren’t there. There were now 15 of us and it was time to party!
Unlike last week, when I was offered a variety of foods I could not/would not eat, the fare this time was mostly edible for me – small shellfish with a ripping hot sauce, a large steamed tilapia (delicious), raw and steamed cabbage, the chicken/mushroom/coconut milk soup I like, a spicy red curry with chicken feet (No, I don’t) and very spicy fish balls, and rice (of course!) and noodles.
First, these photos are a perfect example of why I prefer using a real camera, but these cellcam pics will have to do. I’ll let the captions do the talking: